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ATTENTION ANGLERS: Live crayfish regulations change March 1, 2014

Effective March 1, 2014, the sale of one crayfish species, the virile (or northern) crayfish (Orconectes virilis), will be allowed for use as live fish bait in Missouri. HOWEVER, live virile crayfish may not be imported into the state.

Before you buy, know your fish’s favorite foods

The best bait or lure depends on what kind of fish you want to catch and where. Browse our Fishing How-Tos under Related Information below to research the kinds of fish you’re after and find out what they eat.

Registered bait dealers help protect Missouri's fishing waters

Browse live-bait dealers who sell only approved species that help Missouri anglers avoid spreading harmful aquatics, such as rusty crayfish and Asian carp minnows. Visit Don’t Spread Crayfish and Asian Carp Control below to learn more about how these invasive species hurt your fishing prospects.

If you collect live bait yourself, make sure to visit Live Bait Regulations below, and always collect bait in the area where you are fishing. When you’re ready to go home, be sure to throw unused live bait in the trash so your favorite fishing waters stay healthy and productive.

County Dealersort icon Address Phone
Ozark Big Bob's Bait & Tackle 206 High Street
Gainesville, MO
417-679-0067
Grundy Bill's Bait & Tackle 2020 Princeton Road
Trenton, MO
660-635-0713
Ralls Blackjack Marina, Inc. Route J
Perry, MO
573-565-2233
Saline Blind Pony Nursery 1119 N Miami
Marshall, MO
660-886-8585
Reynolds Bluff View Marina, Inc. 93 Hwy AA
Piedmont, MO
573-223-4849
Buchanan Bob's Bait 5407 Sawyer Street
Saint Joseph, MO
816-238-2868
Polk Bolivar Pets, LLC 207 S Main Avenue
Bolivar, MO
417-777-7387
St. Louis Broadway Sporting 8228 N Broadway
Saint Louis, MO
314-382-9411
Morgan Bryants Osage Outdoors, LLC 716 N Main Street
Laurie, MO
573-374-2278
Morgan Buck Creek Store 17053 State Highway O
Gravois Mills, MO
573-207-0606

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